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Bad, bad, bad, burn,
This review is from: A Tall Man in a Low Land : " Some Time Among The Belgians" (Paperback)
This book is not funny, but it is badly written with many grammatical mistakes that a journalist should have known better. I guess this is from being a Northumbrian who currently sues dialect terms and nuances that are commonly known in the Nort East. The book is offensive to the Belgians being the 'stomach of Europe, calling them fat, tasteless and are inept in DIY. I live in Belgium and married to a Belgian who also finds this book very distasteful and offensive to the people that the author met in his travels. He clearly does not understand the history of the country as he gets many historical facts wrong. He also has no idea about art, and yet he is being seen as another Englishman who calls any nudity vulgar and pornographic. Belgium has much more to offer than cycling, beer and cuisine. The only chapter that is worth reading is chapter 6.
Pearson misses to draw attention how the Belgian people are so compromising and yet still comes out of any verbal altercations with much more than they began with. This is the heart of being Belgian and they do not see it as a weakness but a strength. As usual, Pearson is another English baffoon who only speaks English, Belgians are proudly known for speaking at least three languages. He is a little 'englander' (with a small 'e'). If you expect to learn anything about Belgium and be entertained at the same time...you will be mostly disappointed.
I would recommend this book to all Nazis who then can go ahead and burn it.